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  • Aug 29, 2011
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I've always found 3D computer art to be interesting, and it's been something I've thought about learning to do, but lacked the time, the money, the ability and the talent. With this program, I've been able to eliminate all of those problems, or at least I would have, had certain functions worked better.

With Poser Debut you get a program that provides you with a number of people, props and the like to use in making 3D pictures or comics or whatever. These people bear more than a little resemblance to "Sims 3" characters, which isn't an entirely bad thing. You also get some basic shapes that you can use to build various things.

The problem is that when it comes to the people, I found the program very hard to use. For doing basic 3D shapes and putting them into positions, it was great, but not so much with the people. First, getting them clothed was hard, and they all start out naked. Once they were clothed, the clothes didn't always move when I moved the figures. Second, when I positioned the figures, their bodies often ended up twisted in ways that make even a contortionist's eyes water. Third, I found the camera controls to be very non-intuitive.

There's also the fact that the program seems mainly designed as a "gateway" program to steer purchasers over to Content Paradise so that they can spend more real money on virtual items. I'm not entirely against that sort of thing, but it does bear mentioning. What you get here is kind of bare-bones with the assumption being you'll spend money to get more.

I didn't hate this program, and I really enjoyed the tutorial that came with it (even if it didn't seem to work all the time). But ultimately I found the program to be somewhat lacking and not as easy to use or intuitive as I'd like it to be. I'm sure if I spent more time on it, I could get it to work better, but I'm really not interested in doing so.

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The Easiest Way to Design with 3D Figures. We’ve all watched 3D movies or played 3D games, and most of us have dreamed about making our own 3D art and animation. You probably thought that 3D software is too hard to learn, or too challenging to be fun. Now, there’s Poser Debut. Finally there’s an easy way to learn 3D and be creative, even if you can’t draw or have never taken an art class. Poser Debut is a 3D playground. Create scenes, add 3D characters, pose them, animate them and make cool images or videos. It’s easy. It’s fun. It’s Poser Debut.
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